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Weekly Update: February 22-26, 2021

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars and to change the world.” ~ Harriet Tubman

A message from our Catholic School Council

Holy Cross is hosting a Terra Cotta cookie fundraiser to enhance outdoor play equipment and to book guest speakers to present to classes virtually.  Orders are due by March 7th and the curb-side pick-ups will take place on March 22nd.  Please access the link to the cookie catalogue:

Terra Cotta Cookie Catalogue

to review all the ingredients, and please review this flyer:

for all the fundraiser details.

A special thank you to our wonderful Catholic School Council for their organization of exciting ways to support the school!

Term 1 Report Cards go home – February 24th

Term 1 report cards will be emailed electronically to parents on February 24th. You will need your child’s OEN to access the report card. This number can be found on their previous report cards. It is important to take the time to review the report card with your child and have them set learning goals for the next term. Please return the third page to indicate that you have reviewed the report card. 

Pink Shirt Day – February 26th

Our students are invited to wear Pink shirts on Friday, February 26th to support our goal of creating a Peaceful & Bully Free school

In 2007 David Shepherd & Travis Price supported a Grade 9 boy who was being bullied for wearing a pink shirt. They took a stand against bullying by distributing pink T-shirts to all the boys in their school to wear. More than 10 years later their act of standing up to bullying has grown into a worldwide movement called ‘Pink Shirt Day’! 

The focus of this year’s Pink Shirt Day is working together and treating others with dignity and respect. The COVID-19 pandemic has affected us all and taught us the importance of helping one another and advocating for those who need it. Students will be brainstorming ways to show kindness and friendship and will develop class pledges. We look forward to seeing all the Pink shirts to support Anti-bullying!

Dress for the Weather

The cold weather has arrived!  Kindergarten students should bring full winter wear including boots, snow pants, etc. to school at all times.  For children in grades 1 through 8, full winter wear is also recommended, however, all students are expected to have winter boots at school as our recess, lunch and outdoor learning periods take place on our school field. Your support is appreciated. Please make sure that all of your children’s winter wear is clearly labeled so that if it is lost, it can be returned to them.   Many students have similar items so even older students are encouraged to label their gear.

Changes to Daily Screening Tool and Isolation Requirements

As was communicated to parents in an email from the Board the government has made changes to the COVID-19 school screening criteria.

The new provincial direction is that staff and students with any new or worsening symptom of COVID-19, as indicated in the school screening tool, even those with only one symptom, must stay home until:

  • They receive a negative COVID-19 test result.
  • They receive an alternative diagnosis by a health care professional, or
  • It has been 10 days since their symptom onset and they are feeling better.

These symptoms include:

  • Fever and/or chills
  • Cough or barking cough (croup)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Decrease or loss of taste or smell
  • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Runny or stuffy/congested nose
  • Headache
  • Nausea, vomiting and/or diarrhea
  • Extreme tiredness or muscle aches

For any child that is directed to stay home by the school screening tool, siblings and those that live with the student should also stay at home until the specific child tests negative, is cleared by your local public health unit, or are diagnosed with another illness by a health care professional.

Thank you for your ongoing support and understanding as we continue to adapt our health and safety protocols to meet Ministry of Education and Public Health requirements so that we can help stop the spread of COVID-19 in our community.

Holy Cross Tips

50 Outdoor Things To Do With Your Kids In Winter  It is often challenging to come up with creative ideas for outdoor play. Please see the following website for a variety of ideas: https://www.cbc.ca/parents/play/view/50-outdoor-things-to-do-with-your-kids-in-winter

We continue to draw on our faith and offer prayers for the safety and well-being of those who are sick, and those who are working on the frontlines to care for them.  

Anna Marie Toltl
Principal

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